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  • Summary: In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In DeadIn the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship's crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 76 out of 79
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  1. 100
    It's easily the best survival horror game since the masterful "Resident Evil 4" and it sets the bar high for graphics, sound, and scares in its respective genre. Dead Space is an artistic nightmare clearly designed for survival horror fans by a passionate and dedicated team of like-minded gamers. Just be sure to play it with the lights on.
  2. There are no downsides to Dead Space, the story is intense, the graphics are great, sound is perfect, action sequences are intense and the list goes on.
  3. Dead Space is essentially your opportunity to play through a sci-fi horror flick; which is just about every gamer’s fantasy. It is a near-perfect package for those looking for to get their survival horror fix.
  4. 90
    Dead Space is easily the most atmospherically intense, genuinely scary and well-built survival horror experience of this current generation.
  5. Dead Space is one of best Survival Horror releases in years. Tense, violent and incredibly aggressive; playing it at night with a loud 5.1 sound system can provide you the most spectacular scare moments of your life.
  6. Dead Space is a fairly linear affair that will take most gamers a little over ten hours to complete. However, it is one hell of a ride.
  7. A few standard scare tactics (dramatic music, flickering lights) and gory battles may satisfy hardened fans of horror, but loot-hunting and taxi missions will likely haunt your dreams more than the given monstrosities of death.

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  1. Negative: 7 out of 179
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    I think that the atmosphere in this game does it all. The sound effects are simply amazing and the enemies never stop to surprise me when II think that the atmosphere in this game does it all. The sound effects are simply amazing and the enemies never stop to surprise me when I am playing. The graphics are really well done and I often found myself completly "in character" because of this. Everything is top notch! I cannot wait for the sequel. Expand
  2. ughtheboot
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    This game is a HUGE milestone imo, not since Magic Carpet & Syndicate have I actually cared about what EA were doing but when I saw this game This game is a HUGE milestone imo, not since Magic Carpet & Syndicate have I actually cared about what EA were doing but when I saw this game on the horizon I knew it was something I would have to look out for but...WOW...this has far exceeded my expectations. Capcom have always made my fave game/series (Resident Evil) and they've always been my favourite developer but it looks as though my least fave developer (EA) might have catapulted itself to the top of the list with this game (i'm torn) because it is absolutely phenomenal! It is easily the best game this gen and may be my favourite game EVER!! It's amazing the difference a real horror experience can make. I thought Resident Evil was always top-tier in this department but Dead Space puts it's to shame! Infact Resident Evil is not even a horror game compared to this, I would class it more action/adventure and I would class Dead Space as real horror. Every step I take is overly cautious, (not only because of the horror element but because the game is so immersive, atmospheric and downright gorgeous and also because I just don't want it to end), every bullet, health pack and power node is absolutely priceless, the enemies and characters, the look and feel of the game are completely grounded in reality...yes I know this is a game set in space involving aliens...but the situation and the environment are completely believable, the ship really seems like a place people have lived and worked in especially if you've seen lots of horror sci-fi like Alien/s, Event Horizon, Sunshine.....this game just nails it, more than anything else out there. I was so hyped for Bioshock but for some reasont hat game kinda fell short of my expectations, I can't really put my finger on why, the atmosphere and gameplay were exactly what i was expecting, maybe it was the story....who knows? All I know is that Dead Space is it! It's shown me what a real horror game should be like. The game is just so solid, upgradeable weapons/suits/abilities and the graphics are absolutely amazing. I cannot stress enough what this game has done for EA's image imo. I'm just amazed! The main character and his suit are one of the highlights of this game, when you upgrade the tiny little details in your suit helps keep you immersed like never before. The shops, the work bench, the stasis and kenesis powers....EVERYTHING....seriously everything in this game is absolutely rock solid and that's not even touching on the enemies because the less you know about them the better, they're completely terrifying, smart and able. I honestly could go on and on about this game but if you like survival horror or action games then this is it guys! Seriously i've rambled enought and this is my first post at Metacritic because I just had to get it out therte! Make no mistake this is THE game this gen! EA you've done it!! Expand
  3. May 27, 2011
    10
    Most games, especially shooter affairs, I pick it up...play for 20-30mins...then say "yeah, that was cool...what's on TV?". This game reallyMost games, especially shooter affairs, I pick it up...play for 20-30mins...then say "yeah, that was cool...what's on TV?". This game really had something going on, right from the beginning. The story, mood, and pacing just come together to create a very intense product. It has a creepy feeling and it really triggers your natural survival instincts as the character on screen seamlessly becomes a representation of yourself. You don't want to be eaten and you will run or shoot and pant and gasp and lean...just real nail biting stuff here. The controls or over the shoulder view don't feel quite perfect, and the bits of zero-g navigation get a bit clunky at times, but it just doesn't matter. I rarely give out a 10 for anything because it leaves no room to go, but I think this sort of artistic creativity grabbed what is best about single player gaming and that is about an environment that lets the player lose themselves. Its almost too good because I would laugh at myself by how carried away I would get with my own gasps and seat jumping. But after a brief moment of self realization, there I was again on a spaceship, clinging to whatever ammo filled weapon I could find...searching around and walking on eggshells trying to anticipate what horror or challenge lurk around that next dimly lit corner. I played nothing else but this until I beat it, and when I did...I started a second play through. Bottom line...best horror/suspense game I have ever played, groundbreaking and beautiful in all of its horror and insanity. Expand
  4. TimR
    Oct 18, 2008
    9
    Dead Space is a truly atmospheric game. It is incredibly immersive and story driven, and it will send you on one hell of a ride from Dead Space is a truly atmospheric game. It is incredibly immersive and story driven, and it will send you on one hell of a ride from beginning to end. With its superb voice acting, spine tingling audio, and lack of a heads up display, Dead Space will get you to believe in its universe and characters, and you will scream for Isaacs Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2011
    9
    9/10 = Amazing = A Great Survival horror game only beaten now only by it's own successor and Resident Evil 4 (which IS the best). A bit too9/10 = Amazing = A Great Survival horror game only beaten now only by it's own successor and Resident Evil 4 (which IS the best). A bit too predictable at times though. Any time a necromorph is on the floor expect it to attack you. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2021
    8
    An excellent game. With a story worthy of the good space horror films on which it is based and good doses of action in a nightmarishAn excellent game. With a story worthy of the good space horror films on which it is based and good doses of action in a nightmarish environment, on a ship where something very strange has happened and has turned the former crew members into terrible creatures, the necromorphs. I don't give it a perfect score because I found the game a bit simple and linear, until the end where ammo and first aid kits start to get really scarce and that's when it becomes a real survival horror. I will play the next installments. 100% recommended Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    0
    Not scary, rip's off just about every horror ever made, the gameplay didn't make it for me, and it's trying to make us feel sorry for someoneNot scary, rip's off just about every horror ever made, the gameplay didn't make it for me, and it's trying to make us feel sorry for someone with a bucket on their head and their mouth's taped shut.
    What a pathetic escuse for a horror-game.
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